History SpiritualSuccessor / LiveActionTV

12th Mar '18 11:39:55 PM arnoldmcguire335
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*** Speaking of Lizzie McGuire, ''Series/AndiMack'' is this too to ''Lizzie'', but it also shares it too with ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' as well.

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*** Speaking of Lizzie McGuire, [=McGuire=], ''Series/AndiMack'' is this too to ''Lizzie'', but it also shares it its spiritual successor status too with ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' as well.
12th Mar '18 11:39:09 PM arnoldmcguire335
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*** Speaking of Lizzie McGuire, ''Series/AndiMack'' is this too to ''Lizzie'', but it also shares it too with ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' as well.
7th Mar '18 8:54:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' is a DistaffCounterpart to ''Series/HomeImprovement'', being a sitcom about a man's man played by TimAllen trying to navigate his way through family life, only with his LMS character having all daughters instead of all sons.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' is a DistaffCounterpart to ''Series/HomeImprovement'', being a sitcom about a man's man played by TimAllen Creator/TimAllen trying to navigate his way through family life, only with his LMS character having all daughters instead of all sons.
7th Mar '18 12:09:19 PM JamesAustin
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* While ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is often held to have fallen into a DorkAge after Creator/JonStewart left, two of that show's former correspondents, Creator/JohnOliver and Creator/SamanthaBee, went on to create ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' and ''Series/FullFrontalWithSamanthaBee'', both of which are often cited as its true successors. Even after the post-Stewart incarnation of ''The Daily Show'' was perceived as having [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] after a while, consensus was that Trevor Noah had a very different approach to political humor than Stewart did, while ''Last Week Tonight'' and ''Full Frontal'' were perceived as more reminiscent of and faithful to Stewart's style.
* ''Series/TheOppositionWithJordanKlepper'' is the spiritual successor to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', with Klepper acting as a satirical take on Alex Jones, Breitbart, and the alt-right of the 2010s just as Colbert's persona was a parody of Bill O'Reilly and 2000s-era neoconservatism.

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* While ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is often held to have fallen into a DorkAge after Creator/JonStewart left, two of that show's former correspondents, Creator/JohnOliver and Creator/SamanthaBee, went on to create ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' and ''Series/FullFrontalWithSamanthaBee'', both of which are often cited as its true successors. Even after the post-Stewart incarnation of ''The Daily Show'' was perceived as having [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] after a while, consensus was that Trevor Noah had a very different approach to political humor than Stewart did, while ''Last Week Tonight'' and ''Full Frontal'' were perceived as more reminiscent of and faithful to Stewart's style.
* ''Series/TheOppositionWithJordanKlepper'' is the spiritual successor to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', with Klepper acting as a satirical take on Alex Jones, Radio/AlexJones, Breitbart, and the alt-right of the 2010s just as Colbert's persona was a parody of Bill O'Reilly and 2000s-era neoconservatism.
5th Mar '18 6:06:51 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is one to ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', both being sitcoms where the entirety of the basic premise is that the main characters are [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist terrible people who never learn anything]]. The elevator pitch for the show was "''Seinfeld'' on crack."

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is one to ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', both being sitcoms where the entirety of the basic premise is that the main characters are [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist terrible people who never learn anything]]. The elevator pitch for the show was "''Seinfeld'' on crack."" It's also been noted that it's essentially an Irish-American {{foil}} to the quintessentially Jewish-American sitcom ''Seinfeld''.


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* ''Series/TheSopranos'' was heavily influenced by ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', being a similarly [[GenreDeconstruction gritty and unglamorous]] take on [[TheMafia Mafia]] fiction with flashy editing and cinematography, a catchy pop soundtrack, and [[ShownTheirWork an eye for authenticity]]. Several actors from ''Goodfellas'' also made it into the main cast, including Creator/LorraineBracco (Karen Hill and Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Michael Imperioli ("Spider" and Christopher Moltisanti), Tony Sirico (Tony Stacks and Paulie Gualtieri), Frank Vincent (Billy Batts and Phil Leotardo), and Vincent Pastore ("Big Pussy" Bonpensiero and an unnamed Lucchese mobster). Adding to the parallels: Creator/RayLiotta was apparently HBO's first choice for the role of Tony Soprano, and Lorraine Bracco was originally offered the role of Tony's wife Carmela; she asked to play Dr. Melfi instead, feeling that Carmela was too similar to her character in ''Goodfellas''.
3rd Mar '18 9:51:14 PM nombretomado
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*** Studio 60 actually works better as a spiritual successor to SportsNight, being about the running of a TV show. Many jokes and references from the former are either very similar to, or directly taken from, episodes of Sports Night. Ditto for ''Series/TheNewsroom''.

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*** Studio 60 actually works better as a spiritual successor to SportsNight, ''Series/SportsNight'', being about the running of a TV show. Many jokes and references from the former are either very similar to, or directly taken from, episodes of Sports Night. Ditto for ''Series/TheNewsroom''.
24th Feb '18 6:14:12 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' is the closest thing that Millennials have to their very own version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. Though it's sold as a straight horror anthology, it's tackled almost as many flavors of sci-fi, fantasy and horror as the original ''Twilight Zone'', so far doing [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse ghosts, the Antichrist,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum aliens, Satan, the Angel of Death, Nazi doctors, mutants,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven witchcraft, Voodoo, zombies,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow sideshow freaks,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel famous serial killers]]. Like ''The Twilight Zone'', it's praised for bringing together a talented cast of character actors who all play multiple roles, for showcasing strong writing that can make audiences ''think'' as often as it can scare them, and for emphasizing [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped explicit morality plays]] delivered via unexpected {{plot twist}}s. Probably the biggest difference is that ''American Horror Story'' delivers its stories via multi-part serials that span entire seasons (rather than standalone episodic stories), reflecting television audiences' growing preference for long-spanning story arcs in TheNewTens.

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' is the closest thing that Millennials have to their very own version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. Though it's sold as a straight horror anthology, it's tackled almost as many flavors of sci-fi, fantasy fantasy, and horror as the original ''Twilight Zone'', so far doing [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse ghosts, the Antichrist,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum aliens, Satan, the Angel of Death, Nazi doctors, mutants,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven witchcraft, Voodoo, zombies,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow sideshow freaks,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel vampires, famous serial killers]].killers,]] [[UsefulNotes/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke the Roanoke colony,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCult religious cults]]. Like ''The Twilight Zone'', it's praised for bringing together a talented cast of character actors who all play multiple roles, for showcasing strong writing that can make audiences ''think'' as often as it can scare them, and for emphasizing [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped explicit morality plays]] delivered via unexpected {{plot twist}}s. Probably the biggest difference is that ''American Horror Story'' delivers its stories via multi-part serials that span entire seasons (rather rather than standalone episodic stories), stories, reflecting television audiences' growing preference for long-spanning story arcs in TheNewTens.TheNewTens.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has also been cited as a modern-day heir to ''The Twilight Zone'', being an episodic series that uses science fiction premises as the basis of morality plays that explore how people might use and ([[HumansAreTheRealMonsters more often than not]]) misuse various new technologies.



* While ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is often held to have fallen into a DorkAge after Creator/JonStewart left, two of that show's former correspondents, Creator/JohnOliver and Creator/SamanthaBee, went on to create ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' and ''Series/FullFrontalWithSamanthaBee'', both of which are often cited as its true successors. Even after the post-Stewart incarnation of ''The Daily Show'' was perceived as having [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] after a while, consensus was that it had a very different approach, while the two shows were perceived as falling more into Stewart's line and as being more faithful to its spirit.
* ''Series/TheOppositionWithJordanKlepper'' is the spiritual successor to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', with Klepper acting as a satirical take on Alex Jones, Breitbart and the alt-right just as Colbert's persona was a parody of Bill O'Reilly and neo-conservativism.

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* While ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is often held to have fallen into a DorkAge after Creator/JonStewart left, two of that show's former correspondents, Creator/JohnOliver and Creator/SamanthaBee, went on to create ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' and ''Series/FullFrontalWithSamanthaBee'', both of which are often cited as its true successors. Even after the post-Stewart incarnation of ''The Daily Show'' was perceived as having [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] after a while, consensus was that it Trevor Noah had a very different approach, approach to political humor than Stewart did, while the two shows ''Last Week Tonight'' and ''Full Frontal'' were perceived as falling more into reminiscent of and faithful to Stewart's line and as being more faithful to its spirit.
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* ''Series/TheOppositionWithJordanKlepper'' is the spiritual successor to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', with Klepper acting as a satirical take on Alex Jones, Breitbart Breitbart, and the alt-right of the 2010s just as Colbert's persona was a parody of Bill O'Reilly and neo-conservativism.2000s-era neoconservatism.
23rd Feb '18 5:32:47 PM Torvic
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* ''Series/SEALTeam'' is essentially this to ''Series/TheUnit'', albeit from a different branch of the U.S. military (Navy rather than Army).
23rd Feb '18 2:24:04 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is essentially a live-action ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', both being surreal talk shows on Creator/AdultSwim that feature oddball hosts and frequently troll their guests.

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* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is essentially a live-action ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', both being surreal talk shows on Creator/AdultSwim that feature oddball hosts and frequently troll their guests.guests (until the guests eventually catch on to what they're getting themselves into and willfully contribute to the zaniness.)
23rd Feb '18 2:23:03 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is essentially a live-action ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', both being surreal talk shows on Creator/AdultSwim with oddball hosts that frequently troll their guests.

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* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is essentially a live-action ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', both being surreal talk shows on Creator/AdultSwim with that feature oddball hosts that and frequently troll their guests.
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